Joe Louis Greenway

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The Vision

Once complete, the Joe Louis Greenway will provide a fun, safe and inspiring space for people of all abilities to walk, bike, run, and connect. It will encourage economic growth that celebrates local business owners and residents. The Joe Louis Greenway is an opportunity to bridge divides, strengthen our neighborhoods, empower Detroiters, and provide beautiful, restorative spaces for all.



Joe Louis



Why are we naming the Greenway after Joe Louis?

During his lifetime, Joe Louis possessed a profound spirit of determination and strength in the face of tremendous adversity. He worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of African Americans and the advancement of equity and social justice in the United States.

As a cultural icon, Joe Louis represents power, equity and racial unity. We will strive to create this Greenway in his honor.


Creating the Joe Louis Greenway

In May and June, we met with Detroiters from across the city to hear what they wanted out of the Joe Louis Greenway. We heard many thoughts on how the greenway could help neighborhoods grow. Now, we are working with your feedback to create a greenway that serves you and reflects your ideas. Next, we will be asking for more public feedback through our second round of engagement—the Collaboration & Feedback Sessions.



Join Us For

Working with our Community

Please join us for a Joe Louis Greenway Visioning Session!

These aren’t your everyday community meetings! In our Collaboration & Feedback Sessions, we will be providing opportunities to learn about a range of topics over the course of four sessions. Subjects to be explored include: The Places, Spaces, & Connections Along the Greenway, Arts, Culture & Community Identity, Housing & Economic Opportunities, Greenway Design, Feel & Amenities. There will be opportunities to weigh in on the design of the greenway itself. How should it look? How and where can we create gathering places for our communities? We will consider ideas and feedback for the greenway design, which you will be able to see again during our sessions this winter. We look forward to hearing from you during this round!

Please note that to give each of the subjects we are covering adequate time, each of our 4 sessions during this round will be focused on one main topic. Come to one that interests you, or come to all four sessions! Bring your friends, family and neighbors! Your attendance at even one session can make a huge impact on the project!




Choose a Collaboration & Feedback Session to attend:

Enjoy tasty refreshments, and provide feedback to the design team! Let your friends know that you’re attending by responding to our Facebook Event! RSVP is not required to attend. Activities will be provided for children that are brought to the sessions


Walk & Talk
The Places, Spaces, & Connections Along the Greenway
Tue. September 10th
6‑8 pm

Ford Resource & Engagement Center

2826 Bagley St., Detroit, MI 48216


Public Picnic
Arts, Culture & Community Identity
Wed. September 11th 
6‑8 pm

Forest Park

4226 Riopelle St., Detroit, Mi 48207


Panel Discussion
Housing & Economic Opportunities
Thur. September 12th
6‑8 pm

Focus HOPE

1400 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238


Community Dinner
What's It Look Like? Deciding Greenway Design, Feel & Amenities
Thur. September 19th
6‑8 pm

Second Ebenezer

14601 Dequindre St., Detroit, MI 48212



Future Sessions

After the Collaboration & Feedback sessions in September, we will return to our plans to consider your ideas and make adjustments. In the winter, we will hold Final Framework Plan sessions to share where we landed with you. We aim to have the planning phase of the Joe Louis Greenway completed in January 2020. Check back for dates and locations on these future sessions. We’d love to see you there!



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Goals for the Joe Louis Greenway

Our wish for this greenway is to bring new possibilities of empowerment and equity—driven by you—to the neighborhoods that intersect with and surround it. We want this project to be a reflection and celebration of our incredible city and its people.